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Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage after Marathon Debate

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Argentina's Senate legalized same-sex marriage after a debate that lasted all day and well into the night, Reuters reports:

Argentina2"Following more than 14 hours of charged debate, during which thousands of Argentines protested outside the Congress, the upper house voted 33-27 for the proposal, with three abstentions. "I believe this has advanced equal rights," Senator Eugenio Artaza told reporters after the debate in which many lawmakers in the upper house invoked their Roman Catholic beliefs to explain their stance. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez supports gay marriage on human rights grounds and is expected to sign the bill into law after her return from a state visit to China. It cleared Argentina's lower house in May. Tens of thousands of opponents, from children to elderly nuns, braved near-freezing temperatures to protest outside the Congress since Tuesday, snarling traffic in Buenos Aires. Debate on the bill began in early afternoon on Wednesday and spilled into the early hours of Thursday. Several hundred gay marriage supporters also stood vigil awaiting the vote."

The AP adds: "As debate dragged into the wee hours, supporters and opponents held rival vigils throughout the frigid night outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires. 'Marriage between a man and a woman has existed for centuries, and is essential for the perpetuation of the species,' insisted Sen. Juan Perez Alsina, usually a loyal supporter of the president who gave a passionate speech against gay marriage. But Sen. Norma Morandini, another member of the president's party, compared the discrimination that gays face to the oppression imposed by Argentina's dictators decades ago. 'What defines us is our humanity, and what runs against humanity is intolerance,' she said."

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  1. Hooray for Argentina!!!

    Posted by: joe | Jul 15, 2010 6:43:57 AM


  2. Oh wow! Wherever she is, Eva Peron is smiling. :-D

    Posted by: DireFates | Jul 15, 2010 7:00:24 AM


  3. Wonderful! A catholic country in Latin America showing example. Happy for them. Way to go Argentina!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 15, 2010 7:05:45 AM


  4. I was in Argentina until Monday ...and I saw a very well organized gay movemenet over there.

    The Senate went throughout all the Argentinian provinces giving people the chance of speaking up their minds about the Matrimonio Igualitario [that is how the LGBT movement calls gay marriage over there] ...

    All the arguments pro and con were exposed...and broadcast on TV in their entirety on the Senado TV channel.

    And right now the religious people are protesting the decision...

    What a momentous occasion for Latin America!

    =)

    Posted by: George F | Jul 15, 2010 7:09:51 AM


  5. This is great news... congratulations Argentina!!!

    "Marriage between a man and a woman has existed for centuries, and is essential for the perpetuation of the species,' insisted Sen. Juan Perez Alsina."

    ...allowing gay couples to marry will not prevent straight couples from breeding like rabbits! (((argument FAIL)))

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 15, 2010 7:15:57 AM


  6. ' many lawmakers in the upper house invoked their Roman Catholic beliefs to explain their stance.'

    What gets me is that if these Catholics were so caught up in their beliefs, why are they not putting that to all cases where people break with the Churches teachings. Like against wars, against those who are having sex outside of marriage, those politicians who are caught stealing and breaking laws?

    You only hear them get high and mighty when it comes to gay rights or abortion. Time to call these phonies out for what they are.

    Congrats to Argentina.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jul 15, 2010 7:19:41 AM


  7. Felicidades a Argentina, y a todos quienes hicieron este dia posible.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 15, 2010 7:31:17 AM


  8. Intellect and compassion overcome centuries of church oppression!

    Posted by: Argentina !!!!!! | Jul 15, 2010 7:47:34 AM


  9. Congratulations, Argentina!!!!

    U.S.A., not so much...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jul 15, 2010 7:52:39 AM


  10. Great news!

    Posted by: KFLO | Jul 15, 2010 7:54:27 AM


  11. Argentina joins the list of countries more progressive on human rights than the U.S.

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 15, 2010 8:08:46 AM


  12. Once again America FALLS FURTHER behind.....with "Liberty & Justice for All"...WHAT A PATHETIC SAD JOKE THAT PHRASE IS! ...here in Ol' Redneck,backwards (a)merica, we can't even get UNEQUAL Civil Unions...IF that.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 15, 2010 8:40:40 AM


  13. Once again America FALLS FURTHER behind.....with "Liberty & Justice for All"...WHAT A PATHETIC SAD JOKE THAT PHRASE IS! ...here in Ol' Redneck,backwards (a)merica, we can't even get UNEQUAL Civil Unions...IF that.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 15, 2010 8:41:31 AM


  14. Excellent news! it warms the heart that they rejected christianity's pernicious influence... If only most states in the u.s. could meet that challenge, and its citizens behave like adults ought.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 15, 2010 8:55:44 AM


  15. CONGRATULATIONS ARGENTINA!!

    It moves up to the top of the places I want to visit soon....and the men are hot too! :)

    Posted by: Brod | Jul 15, 2010 9:10:00 AM


  16. I second that, Brod! Me and my partner will now have to make plans to visit Argentina! Congratulations to all citizens of Argentina.

    Posted by: Alfonso | Jul 15, 2010 10:03:08 AM


  17. Fuck you Thomas Monson and huzzahs to Argentina for ignoring you and your corporate cult. Oh yeah, Fuck the pope, you Nazi shit sack.

    Posted by: B | Jul 15, 2010 10:19:24 AM


  18. Gay marriage now exists in countries on four continents. Two to go!

    Posted by: Traveler J | Jul 15, 2010 10:27:35 AM


  19. from canada to argentina:

    ¡MUCHAS FELICITACIONES!

    Posted by: raphinou | Jul 15, 2010 10:35:49 AM


  20. Argentina (yes) - Hawaii (no)

    Posted by: wonderer | Jul 15, 2010 11:52:16 AM


  21. I can think of a nation with a "progressive" leader who bases his opposition to gay marriage on his religious background. Whoever could I mean?

    If a nation where 76.5% of people are Roman Catholics can get this done, the US has no excuse.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 15, 2010 11:55:20 AM


  22. Hello! Argentina is un páis muy bonitou donde hay mucho felicidad y mucho putou alegre, un páis sin corruption y sin Menem, congratulations. Come on, vamos thodos a Argentina a comer asado con mathe con igualdad y torta frites. i onli said VIVA PERÓN CARAJOU!!

    Posted by: @NJP_enTwiter | Jul 15, 2010 12:10:37 PM


  23. I can say now I'm really proud of my country.
    I sincerely hope the world follows the same way.

    Posted by: agustin | Jul 15, 2010 1:31:36 PM


  24. Congratulations to our Argentine cousins! Uruguay passed same-sex civil unions 3 years ago. El Pais, the major daily paper, noted that gay rights groups in Uruguay will now begin the process of "upgrading" that to full same-sex marriage rights. Already parties of the left, including one Senator, has said that "Uruguayan society is diverse, and accepting of these new realities" after passage of gay marriage in Argentina. Activists have said they will start on writing a bill in conjunction with the Faculty of Rights at the University of the Republic, which should be ready for submission to the lower house of the legislature in 4-5 months, with possible passage next year. Uruguay has a strong left of center government which is friendly to our cause (passed gay workers rights, adoption and military service all during the last 4 years) so this "upgrade" will hopefully pass. Vamos Celeste!

    Posted by: Pony Pisador | Jul 16, 2010 7:37:35 PM


  25. For those who have never visited, Argentina is one beautiful country with wonderful people and with this Senate vote les quiero a los argentinos aun mas.

    Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, incredibly sophisticated, fun and exciting, the Patagonia is spectacular, Las Pampas are awesome, the skiing in the Andes is great and you will never ever eat a steak so delicious as what you can get there.

    There are so many good restaurants, there is a thriving art scene, music scene, club scene. Life there is meant to be lived and the style of living allows you to do just that.

    It seems so far away, but if you ever get the chance, GO!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 17, 2010 12:31:00 PM


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